Sundance 24
Sundance 2024

Here you can learn about the fascinating Nordic films that are taking part in Sundance International Film Festival 2024. The festival is taking place January 18 to 28.

World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Handling the Undead

Thea Hvistendahl / Norway / 2024 / 90 min / World Premiere

On an abnormally hot summer day in Oslo, a strange electric field surrounds the city as a collective migraine spreads across town. TVs, lightbulbs, and electronics go haywire, the chaos reaching a debilitating crescendo when suddenly, it’s over. But the strange event has awoken the newly deceased from death. Handling the Undead weaves together three families through their loss: Mahler (72) and his daughter, Anna, mourn the too early passing of his grandson; Tora (86) says her final goodbye to her wife at the funeral home; and a family of four face a life without a wife and mother.

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Sebastian

Mikko Mäkelä / UK, Finland, Belgium / 2024 / 110 min / World Premiere

Max, a 25-year-old aspiring writer living in London, begins a double life as a sex worker to research his debut novel. Sebastian is a character-driven drama about identity, autofiction and the search for authenticity.

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Brief History of a Family

Jianjie Lin / China, France, Denmark, Qatar / 2024 / 99 min / World Premiere

A middle-class family’s fate becomes intertwined with their only son’s enigmatic new friend in post one-child policy China, putting unspoken secrets, unmet expectations, and untended emotions under the microscope.

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World Cinema Documentary Competition

Ibelin

Benjamin Ree / Norway / 2024 / 104 min / World Premiere

Mats Steen, a Norwegian gamer, died of a degenerative muscular disease at the age of 25. His parents mourned what they thought had been a lonely and isolated life when they started receiving messages from online friends around the world. The film recreates Mats’ adventurous online life as Ibelin. All dialogue and events are based on actual archives from roleplay in World of Warcraft.

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A New Kind of Wilderness

Silje Evensmo Jacobsen / Norway / 2024 / 84 min / World Premiere

In a forest in Norway, a family leads an isolated lifestyle, aiming to be wild and free. However, a tragic event changes everything. When the mother in the family dies, the father and his children must leave their paradise and are forced to adapt to modern society.

A New Kind of Wildernes is an intimate story that issues on how we live our lives, care for our planet, our children, and navigate life after a significant loss.

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